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There Is Still Hope For Afghanistan

There is still hope for Afghanistan

International conferences on Afghanistan have almost become an annual event and no longer generate the hope that peace will return to that war-ravaged country anytime soon. Since the ouster of…

NA-246: Not Just A Poll

NA-246: not just a poll

Why should one by-poll matter in a country where politicians, judges, journalists, generals and the public – for different motivations – are habitually scornful of results of full-scale elections? There…

Diaspora Politics

Diaspora politics

The role played by expatriate Pakistanis in the recent anti-government protests has forced political scientists to consider them important actors in the country’s future politics. They acted as a catalyst…

Tax Evasion And Legislators

Tax evasion and legislators

Allegation of the Federal Information Minister in a press conference on November 27, 2014 that Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, and other prominent leaders of his party are "tax…

An Indomitable Man

An indomitable man

In my last column I mentioned my close association with Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) for more than 25 years, 17 years of which he was in charge of our nuclear…

Not Too Many Rebels As Yet

Not too many rebels as yet

IF a senator belonging to the PML-N is claiming to lead a rebellion, shouldn’t that cause some alarm within the ruling party? Or is it that the chasm is so…

A Shared Madness

A shared madness

A Collective madness seems to have descended on the Muslim world in a phenomenon that history shows is not exclusively Muslim. But that’s hardly any solace. From Pakistan through Afghanistan,…

Islamic History

Islamic history

My dear friend and noted lawyer, Barrister Muhammed Iqbal Jafree of Salarpur, forwarded me a gem of an email from Ms Mahnoor Khan, which she had sent to Pak Tea…

The First Of Many Steps

The first of many steps

Over the last year or so, leading up to the Afghan presidential elections, much and more has been written about what’s possibly in store for the country in 2014. After…

Incoherent Mind

Incoherent mind

If personal whims and dogmatic worldview are given institutional support, the ultimate result will be the expansion of dogmatism in self, state and society. This is precisely the case with…